N.J. lawmakers get to work on Murphy’s environmental agenda

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NICHOLAS PUGLIESE / NORTHJERSEY.COM – New Jersey on Monday inched closer to joining a pair of multistate coalitions designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, signaling a profound shift in environmental policy under Gov. Phil Murphy and marking the first progress on his campaign pledge to set the state on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced legislation to have New Jersey re-enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a coalition of nine New England and mid-Atlantic states that requires utilities to buy credits for each ton of carbon they emit. New Jersey participated in the program, known as RGGI, from its inception in 2005 until former Gov. Chris Christie withdrew from the agreement in 2011 …

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